Grasslands are susceptible to damage and degradation since native grasses can not compete with many introduced pasture grasses, aggressive weed species, livestock over-grazing, irrigation and forest encroachment. There is growing consensus that parks and other protected areas do not sufficiently address the growing problems of habitat loss and species sustainability.
The Central Platte Natural Resources District is dedicated to the cultivation and conservation of the grasslands of our state. We are working to manage range lands, restore grasslands, build a better understanding of our environment; while providing methods and tools to better care for it as we pursue a goal of vibrant and life-sustaining grasslands in Nebraska.
One way to provide these tools is through the Grassland Conservation Program. (Click here for Flyer) The program allows landowners to contribute 50% of what you request as match or in-kind contribution to better the land. Up to 50% of reimbursement can be provided as match or in-kind contribution. Matching contributions are monetary contributions such as invoices paid for cedar cutting, fencing etc. In-kind are non-monetary items of contribution toward the project such as labor, mileage, supplies etc. We can accept other calculations if they are based on factual cost estimates. It is required that the landowners complete the Grassland Conservation Grant In-Kind Contribution Form for reimbursement from the CPNRD.
Note: Whatever costs that you claim as matching, may not be reimbursed through other cost share programs. For example, if you show the cost of prescribed burning as your match, you cannot be paid to burn by NRCS for that same project, unless the cost to burn exceeds the NRCS cost share. In that case, you may claim the additional expense as match on the landowner match form.